Flooring Trends: 6 styles UK buyers are loving for 2021
From natural woods to patterned vinyl, there’s lots of styles and materials to choose from if you’re keen to freshen up your floors.
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Keen to make some updates to your home, but not sure where to look for inspiration? We’ve spoken to the industry experts, and rounded up the six top flooring trends for this year.
1. Indoor and outdoor tiles
After a year of isolation, we’re appreciating our gardens more than ever before, and are keen to make them a cohesive extension of our homes. Perfect for blurring the lines between the indoors and outdoors, tiles that seamlessly blur the kitchen into the patio are unsurprisingly growing in demand.
Creative Director at Claybrook, Rob Whitaker, says: “As many of us prefer more informal dining situations at home, a tile that can work in rooms used for both food preparation and enjoyment become increasingly sought after. Add to that the popularity of opening up the indoors to connect with outdoors then tiles with an exterior option to continue the look are a sure-fire hit. This outside tiling needs more slip resistance for safety, but can be just as lovely.”
2. Real wood flooring
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A timeless choice, statement wooden flooring in herringbone, chevron, and parquet patterns remain top of the list when it comes to 2021 flooring trends. Great for creating a continuous flow throughout the home, this heritage style of flooring is full of rustic outdoorsy charm.
A more modern take on this classic style, lighter tones are also on the rise. Jenna Kane, Product Development at Kersaint Cobb, adds: “Blonde wooden flooring is now a trend particularly inspired and popularised by the ongoing appreciation of Scandinavian design. A great way to brighten up the home, a light finish on wood flooring achieves an authentically rustic style that will allow for contrast when paired against darker walls and furniture.”
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Perfect for homeowners who want the natural wood aesthetic, but also need their floors to be fuss-free and kid-friendly, LVT is the ultimate solution. The technology of this flooring is so clever that it mimics the look of real wood, but is a lot more durable and multi-functional.
“Perfect for busy lifestyles and family life, LVT allows home designers to achieve a unique floor full of personality. LVT also offers the added option to select different laying patterns including on trend herringbone”, adds Stella Coyle, National Retail Sales Manager at Karndean Designflooring
4. Patterned Vinyl
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With many of us taking up crafts during lockdown, we’ve got more of an appreciation for artisanal crafts and pastoral living. So it’s no surprise that the Cottagecore aesthetic is on the rise, and Victorian flooring trends with it.
General manager at Lifestyle Floors, Inga Morris-Blincoe, adds: “Benefiting from modern production methods, vinyl flooring is hard wearing, affordable, and available in a huge array of designs. With bold large scale patterns a big flooring trend, it’s no surprise that patterned vinyl is proving to be a popular way to add instant impact.”
5. Rugs and runners
Highly durable and easily cleaned with just a light sweep and mop, hard flooring remains a practical and affordable choice for busy homes. But with expressing ourselves through our homes a common interior design theme this year, rugs and runners are proving to be an essential addition. They also bring warmth and texture to a room, and are great for creating ‘zones’ in open plan spaces.
“Combining hard flooring with statement rugs and runners will also remain on trend. Layering the two materials injects an additional level of comfort whilst providing a way to introduce colour into the room. Consider big and bold prints with large scale patterns and bright colour ways to create a focal point in the room,” adds David Snazel, hard flooring buyer at Carpetright.
6. Browns over greys
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Although slate and steel tones oozed sophistication pre-lockdown, now there’s something a little too gloomy about grey when it comes to interior design. With the past year helping us connect with nature and simple living, we’re seeing 2021 as the year that warm and earthy tones take over.
After extensive research, Tapi has figured out just what colour we’re all after in 2021. Johanna Constantinou, brand and communications director at Tapi Carpets & Floors, says: ‘Tapi reports that searches for beige, browns, light wooden colour palettes in carpet and flooring have risen in the last 12 months. We’ve found that these colours add visual texture and depth to a room, and look gorgeous when paired with other outdoor elements like original stonework, exposed wooden beams, and natural materials.”